Now, as the chief executive of Indiana, he has the obligation to lead his appointed State Board of Education (SBOE) to understand that the content of the new standards currently being drafted cannot simply be a cut and paste of Common Core State Standards in order to preserve the “waiver status” of the legislation he opposed 12 years ago!
The governor should expect better, and so do thousands of concerned parents who feel disconnected from their educational community.
The governor believes not accepting $10 billion from the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage for the uninsured is in our long-term best interest. If it’s true for health care, it’s also true for education.
The governor’s SBOE should not accept educational standards that mirror Common Core out of fear for how the Department of Education may react to uncommonly high standards that meet the needs of our student population!
The federal government accounts for approximately 10 percent of the revenues that fund our educational system, yet it wants to regulate 80 percent of what our schools teach and test. It’s time for the governor to lead this state out of the progressive education model of centralization and uniformity and allow the citizens of Indiana to meet the needs of our children.